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Because my brainiacfive is smart and thoughtful and stuff, I spent this weekend at Days of the Dead with a VIP pass, which panned out not quite as advantageous as one might be led to believe, but which was still mighty nice for the purpose of fairly extensive chatting with some lovely people whose characters have lived firmly in my head since I was fifteen.

Primarily, of course, the entire surviving principal cast of Fright Night, but also Amanda Wyss, who was of course there as part of the sisterhood of Nightmare on Elm Street (along with Heather Langenkamp and Tuesday Knight, both of whom I was also happy to see for that reason), but who actually made an indelible impression on me in a guest-star role on the ill-fated 1985 series Otherworld. I figured she probably doesn't get that very often. I did not expect her to burst into tears, give me a huge hug, and say I'd made her day by quoting the "This is my soul. Show me yours." line that has stuck so crystal-clear in my head all these years. So, yeah, that happened, and was immensely immensely cool.

The Fright Night folks... I have a bad habit of promising proper con reports and never delivering, but this time I swear I'll do it in the next couple days, because I couldn't have asked for a better panel (short of pulling Tom Holland away from his new TV show or summoning Roddy McDowall from beyond the grave), and not least because I got to babble at Amanda Bearse about how I so often see Amy written off as a damsel in distress, and as someone who strongly identified with her as a teenager, I could go on for half an hour about why I take umbrage at that. (Spoiler alert: I did not, in fact, go on about it for half an hour.) And she's very bouncy and animated (even straight off a red-eye flight) in a way that makes me not embarrassed by my bouncy animated squeeful con-mode self. And yeah, since there's a lot of that in Amy, big shock that I identified with her, though that's not all of it. And I don't want to be up until midnight writing a post about it, so it'll be another day or two.

But. ZOMG MY MOVIE MY CAST MY SQUEEEE IT CANNOT BE CONTAINED. And all of them are nice and friendly and genuinely love the movie and its place in their lives, and just YAY.

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wiliqueen
Nov. 19th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you!
maiac
Nov. 19th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
I did not expect her to burst into tears, give me a huge hug, and say I'd made her day by quoting the "This is my soul. Show me yours." line that has stuck so crystal-clear in my head all these years. So, yeah, that happened, and was immensely immensely cool.

This is a wonderfulness!
wiliqueen
Nov. 19th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
It is indeed! :-)
studiesinlight
Nov. 20th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Brainiacfive is indeed a prize. :-) This sounds just wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing the squee.

(And I must say: HL's Randi! ~grin~ Does Ms. Wyss look at all as improbably immortal in Real Life as her stills yet look on IMDB?)
wiliqueen
Nov. 20th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
She mentioned her persistent bad luck with characters that are intended to be recurring (including Nova) but end up not recurring, or the show got canceled, etc. And I pointed out that we did get to keep Randi a bit longer. :-)

The headshot on her IMDb page is the same one I had her sign (with the Otherworld) line. She has graceful but appropriate lines for her years and smiling habits, in the 8x10 size of said photo (though it has some slight retouching) as well as in person. :-)

Edited at 2012-11-20 01:00 am (UTC)
studiesinlight
Nov. 20th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for the in-person observation! :-) And thank you for seizing the opportunity to mention her work on Randi, as that character does remain vividly with... well, some of us! :-)
vretallin
Nov. 20th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I loved the show otherworld and haven't met anyone else who remembers. That line, was an awesome and amazing line. They had a lot of good stuff like that scattered through the show. I've often wondered in this era of remakes and more acceptance of science fiction, if that show could be updated to last.

Sounds like you had a blast at the con.
wiliqueen
Nov. 20th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Jack and I got to tell her that we both saw & loved it, and specifically remembered that scene, years before we met. She said it was one of her favorite things she did when she was younger, so it was really nice. :-)
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